Seaport Village is a little shopping, dining, and entertainment area in Downtown San Diego right next to the water. I’ve been here a few times before during previous San Diego trips. I feel like I’m always expecting more out of this place because it’s always listed on the list of places to visit when you’re in San Diego. But every time I go, I’m a little disappointed! There just doesn’t seem to be that much going on and the stores aren’t all that great. Really, they’re mostly novelty shops and while wind chimes are nice to look at, I’m not really going to buy one … sorry! Oh well, at least parts of it are beautiful looking and it’s right by the ocean so when it’s not super sunny, it’s actually quite nice to walk along the water.

A Seaport-style photo adventure:

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Everyone in San Diego goes to 99 Ranch Market to buy the Asian essentials they need to fill their pantries. Whenever I’m in San Diego, my parents always make a trip here and sometimes I even buy a few things to bring back to Phoenix with me because even though there are Asian markets here, they are still far and few between. The variety isn’t really up to par yet either.

However, a competitor has now opened: the Zion market just across the street from 99 Ranch Market! Zion is Korean owned and operated so instead of the traditional Chinese food options, they have Korean ones. My sisters and I decided to stop here after church one day to get some Korean food that we’ve been craving. We shared a Bibimbap that was more than enough for the three of us. I also loved going to Zion because they had a Paris Baguette Bakery Café inside, which are everywhere in South Korea!

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Bibimbap

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Take away sandwiches

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Paris Baguette Bakery Café

{san diego} the harbor side

October 19, 2014

I love the water even if I’m not a huge fan of the beach. It’s not the water I don’t like about the beach though, it’s the sand. So when there’s boardwalk around that isn’t covered in sand, I’m in water heaven! This is one of the reasons I love walking around the San Diego harbor. I also love seeing the water and all the boats. I love seeing people enjoying the beautiful weather and truly relishing the meshing of nature (the water) and what man has created (the boats). Even more than just pictures of the landscape around me, I love it when there’s both nature and what we humans have also created in the same picture. I think it’s such an amazing contrast and it’s a different kind of beauty. It’s this kind of mentality that makes me love harbors. What do you think?

A harbor side photo adventure:

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I have a friend who used to live in San Diego who couldn’t stop talking about D Bar when I told her that I was going there for a visit. She absolutely loves it there so, of course, my sisters and I decided to go there for a late night snack and dessert one night. We tried making a reservation, but that didn’t work out so well because the table they say was reserved with us wasn’t cleared yet. Apparently the people just weren’t into leaving. Anyway, we ended up having to wait for quite a while, but did eventually get a table. Inside, we noticed that there seemed to be three areas to the restaurant: areas for drinks, dining, and desserts. This seemed appropriate since D Bar is known for not just their desserts, but drinks and dining as well!

We ended up ordering three things to share:

D.C.B.: Dates, Crue Fries, & Crispy Brussels
Southern Fried Belgian 2.0:  Fried chicken, Bacon & Maple Sugar Waffle, Tillamook cheddar, Honey Mustard, & Sweet Potato Fries
Cake & Shake: 3 layer chocolate cake, Madagascar Chocolate Frosting, & Vanilla shake

I especially though the D.C.B. platter was delicious because it allowed us to try three of their famous appetizers. The D Bar Dates part consisted of three local organic Medjool dates stuffed with Marcona Almonds, Manchego Cheese, and wrapped in Applewood Bacon. The Crue Fries are essentially garlic parmesan fries covered in mac sauce, melted cheddar jack, aws bacon, ranch dressing, and chives. But, the Crispy Brussels were my favorite! I loved how the flash fried brussel sprouts were served with a sriracha honey glaze, toasted hazelnuts, and a shaved brussel sprout salad. Yum, yum, yum!

D photo adventure:

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